How much does an air traffic controller earn and what skills do you need to get a job

By Jurassic JennJun 19, 2024 17:35 PMDaily News
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How much does an air traffic controller earn
How much does an air traffic controller earn. Source: simpleflying.com

If you dream of becoming an air traffic controller, you should undergo serious training. Once employed, you can earn up to 84 thousand pounds per year.

According to the UK government website, the basic salary of an air traffic controller is 18,001 pounds. With experience, this amount can increase to £43,469.

However, according to SSPDaily, the place where you work can also affect these figures.

Air traffic controllers working in Prestwick can earn up to £84,094 per year, which is £66,093 more than the basic salary.

At the bottom of the scale are air traffic controllers working in Cranfield, who earn £33,525 per year.

How to become an air traffic controller?

As the job is demanding, air traffic controllers need a wide range of skills, including

- concentration skills;

- knowledge of transportation methods, costs and benefits;

- ability to use their judgment and make decisions;

- ability to take criticism and work under pressure;

- good verbal communication skills;

- ability to solve complex problems;

- ability to be thorough and pay attention to detail;

- think clearly using logic and reasoning;

- have a thorough understanding of computer systems and programs.

You will also need to pass various security checks and medical examinations.

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